Preserve & Protect Rhode Island’s Native Plants & Their Habitats

spotted crane’s-bill, GGardner

Our Native Plants

  • We provide opportunities to study and enjoy them.

  • We encourage and offer guidance in their cultivation and use.

  • We educate the public on their ecological and aesthetic values.

  • We support land preservation and practices fostering their natural communities.

Well worth seeing…..

Together for the first time: original paintings of Cat Swamp plants by Edward Peckham from the Rhode Island Historical Society, and corresponding specimens from the Brown University Herbarium, collected by William Bailey and others. The exhibit showcases the rich history of art and science in Providence and we hope it provokes you to consider the consequences of environmental change on local biodiversity. 

EXHIBIT CLOSES APRIL 30!

Upcoming Events

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Recent RIWPS News

Sharing a passion for plants and nature with children

RIWPS volunteer Becky Settje has been generously sharing her passion about plants and nature with children for much of her life.  Her most recent involvement has been through the walks and programs that she has offered through RIWPS.

RIWPS Volunteer Awards!

At the Annual Meeting on March 30 RIWPS celebrated this years volunteer award winners. A quick look at our Lifetime Volunteers, Marnie Lacoulture & Carolyn Curtis and our Volunteers of the Year, Peggy Buttenbaum & Pat Foley.

Resources

Find online resources and printed references from organizations that steward native plants, including the Rhode Island Natural History Survey, New England Wild Flower Society,  University of Rhode Island Outreach Center, Among Rhode Island Wild Flowers and, of course, RIWPS .

Grow

The Rhode Island Wild Plant Society (RIWPS) has seed starter groups in Exeter, RI (Seed Starters West) and Portsmouth, RI (Seed Starters East). Seed starters cultivate most of the plants at RIWPS plant sales.

Both groups would welcome more members. Dig in the dirt in non-gardening seasons and enjoy constantly learning about native plants! Don’t worry about the drive; many members car pool.

Explore

People of all botanical abilities are welcome at RIWPS events — beginners, experts, amateurs, and professionals. Come to enjoy and learn about wild plants.

Some RIWPS programs, especially the walks and workshops, can only accommodate a limited number of participants, however; so register early.